Cougars Split DH With OSU, 4-2, 3-5

May 23, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash.-- Washington State picked up a 4-2 win over Oregon State behind the pitching of Aaron MacKenzie, only to have the Beavers bounce back for a 5-3 win in the second game of a twinbill Sunday in Pacific-10 Conference baseball action at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The two teams were forced to play two games Sunday after Saturday's single game was rained out. OSU's win in the third game gave the Beavers the series victory 2-1.

In the opener MacKenzie (6-7) threw a complete-game seven hitter and struck out four while throwing 123 pitches. It was the Cougar senior's second complete game of the season, but his first nine-inning performance. Jason Freeman, Jay Miller and Grant Richardson all had two hits for the Cougars in the opener. OSU starter Dallas Buck (3-5) took the loss.

OSU used four pitchers in the second game to hold the Cougars in check. Kevin Gunderson (6-2) picked up the win, throwing three strong innings in relief of Jonah Nickerson. Bryce Chamblerlin (7-3) started for WSU and worked four innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. Garrett Alwert threw the final five innings for WSU, allowing six hits and two runs, both unearned.

WSU improved to 27-25 overall and 7-14 in league play with the split, while OSU is now 30-20 overall and 9-12 in Pac-10 action.

WSU scored first in the opener, stringing together three straight singles with one out to take a 1-0 lead. Richardson drove home the run with a soft liner to right center that glanced off leaping OSU second baseman Chris Kunda's glove, allowing Freeman to score. The Cougs had a chance to add to their total with runners on second and third, but Buck settled down and retired Zach Kosturos and Zach McAngus.

The Beavers answered in the second inning when Shea McFeely dumped a bases-loaded single behind second base, allowing Aaron Mathews and Tony Calderon to score and put OSU on top 2-1. MacKenzie worked out of further trouble when the Cougars turned a double play and a force-out grounder for the final out.

WSU pushed across two runs in the fourth to re-take the lead 3-2. With runners on the corners McAngus grounded into a double play that allowed Richardson to score from third base. Richardson was hit by a Buck pitch to open the inning and he moved to third on Kosturos' single to right field.

The next Cougar run came with two outs when Justin Hart walked, Brandon Reddinger was hit by a pitch and J.J. Burress singled up the middle, allowing Hart to score from second.

WSU added an insurance run in the seventh inning when pinch hitter Collin Henderson's one-out single scored Miller, giving the Cougars a 4-2 lead.

In the nightcap, the Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning, thanks to back-to-back singles by Calderon and Cole Gillespie. After Aaron Mathews bunted the runs to second and third, Andy Jenkins' high chopper to second allowed Calderon to score from third.

The Cougars wasted no time responding to the quick Beaver score. In the bottom of the second with one out Hart doubled down the line in right field and Reddinger moved him to third with a single to center. Burress followed with a grounder that snuck between third and short to score Hart. OSU then turned a double play when Kaeo Rubin lined to left field and Reddinger was caught off second base.

The Beavers came back with a single tally in the third inning to re-take the lead 2-1, although Cougar mistakes accounted for most of OSU's movement on the bases. Kunda led off the inning with a single to third base, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Graham, reached third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball.

OSU continued to pad its lead with a single run in the fourth and then a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning after Alwert replaced Chamberlin on the mound. Paul Richie's single in the fourth scored Gillespie, who opened the frame with a triple to the corner in right field.

Ellsbury walked and Calderon singled to deep center to begin the top of the fifth and Gillespie moved both runs up a base with a bunt. After Alwert enticed Mathews to pop out to Richardson in foul territory, Jenkins grounded to second, but Freeman's throw to first was up the line and both Ellsbury and Calderon raced home before the Cougars corralled the errant throw. The unearned runs put OSU on top 5-1.

WSU cut into OSU's lead with a single run in the fifth when Miller doubled home Rubin after Rubin and Freeman collected back-to-back singles. Richardson then drew an intentional walk from Gunderson, but Zach Franklin, hitting for Kosturos, flew out to left field, ending WSU's threat.

In the eighth, WSU scored once more to close to within 5-3 when Henderson's sacrifice fly to right field scored Miller, who opened the inning with a walk. In the ninth OSU relief pitcher Nathan Pendley set the Cougars down in order to record his first save of the year.

The Cougars will conclude the regular season next weekend at home with a three-game series against Pacific-10 Conference foe California. The series opener will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Game 1:OSU 020 000 000 - 2 7 0
WSU 100 200 10x - 4 11 1
Dallas Buck, Nathan Pendley (6), Andy Baldwin (7) and Billy Munich, Paul Richie (7).
Aaron MacKenzie and Brandon Reddinger.
W - MacKenzie (6-7). L - Buck (3-5). Save - None.
T - 2:47.
OSU Hits - Jenkins 2, McFeely, Graham 2, Ellsbury, Calderon.
WSU Hits - Freeman 2, Miller 2, Richardson 2, Kosturos, Burress, Henderson, Rubin.
E - Burress, 2B - None. 3B - None.
Game 2 of series cancelled Saturday by rain and played Sunday, 10 a.m.

Game 2:OSU 011 120 000 - 5 13 0
WSU 010 010 010 - 3 9 1
Jonah Nickerson, Kevin Gunderson (5), Jared Sanders (8) and Paul Richie.
Bryce Chamberlin, Garrett Alwert (5) and Brandon Reddinger.
W - (). L - (). Save - None.
T - 1:30 A - 334.
OSU Hits - Calderon 2, Gillespie 3, Kunda, Lissman 2, Richie 2, Graham 2, Mathews.
WSU Hits - Rubin 2, Hart, Reddinger, Burress, Freeman, Miller, Franklin, McAngus.
E - Freeman. 2B - Lissman, Hart, Miller. 3B - Gillespie.

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